The Ambassador in Mexico (Messersmith) to the Secretary of State

No. 25,486

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 25,464 entitled “Copy of Memorandum Listing Recent Expropriations and Dotations of American Owned Lands Subsequent to the 1941 Agreement Submitted to the Foreign Office”, and giving an account of my conversation with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs when submitting the memorandum. I now have to inform the Department that I saw the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tello, on other matters today, and he told me that he had just seen the President of Mexico, to whose attention he had brought the memorandum in question, as well as the observations which I had made and the recommendations of the Ministry. He said that the President had informed him that he was giving immediate instructions to the Minister of Agriculture21 and through him to the Agrarian Department, that immediate steps were to be taken to bring about appropriate and adequate payment for the lands already expropriated not covered by the settlement between the United States and Mexico of November, 1941.

I shall not fail to transmit to the Department any further developments in this matter.

Respectfully yours,

George S. Messersmith
  1. Marte R. Gómez.